Paper Pieced Pillow

For me, 2016 has been a year filled with many small project finishes including drawstring bags and pillow covers. This week I can cross another small goal (#3) off my Quarter 4 list!paper-pieced-pillow3

The pattern for this paper pieced “Stargazing” cushion cover comes from Issue 14 of Quilt Now magazine. I chose fabrics from my stash including one of my faves – Northcott “Doodles” (by Sue Beevers) for the background fabric – and a selection of others including fabrics by Tula Pink, Denyse Schmidt and Prints Charming.paper-pieced-pillow2

The original pattern has the centre star made using the same background fabric as the rest of the pillow. I felt as though the star needed a bit more oomph and so I unpicked and replaced those pieces with Navy Bubbles Monochromatix (Robert Kaufman).paper-pieced-pillow1

This pillow is my second finish for Quarter 4 of the 2016 Finish Along.

I have also been working on several other small projects these past few weeks.

I work two days a week as a Teacher Aide at a community run Pre-Kinder Centre. I really wanted to make each of the wonderful 3-to-4 year old children I work with a special gift for Christmas. Using the drawstring bag tutorial by S.O.T.A.K Handmade that I have used previously, I made a scaled down smaller version that the teacher and I can fill with various craft items and present to the children at our Christmas break up.beehive-bags

As our centre has a bee related name, I found some perfect Saffron Craig Bee fabric to use for the bags. Each bag has been cut to reduce wastage and is therefore slightly different from the others. Sixteen children attend our centre on either one or both days so I still have another five bags to make.

The final small project I made over the weekend is a star for my guild’s (the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild) “Kris Kringle” Christmas tree ornament swap.

(No peeking if you are a fellow member…)


I had a lot of fun making this little star ornament using this tutorial. I think I may need to make myself another for my own Christmas tree!


I still have a few projects I would like to get finished before the end of the year. However, with only six weeks to go until Christmas, I am seriously doubting my chances!

How about you? Are you on track with your end-of-year goals and Christmas sewing?

Deb 🙂

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Christmas Challenge Completed

My November goal for ALYoF (link up #8) was to complete a Christmas challenge project for my guild, the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild.

For this challenge, we had to use the three non-traditional colours of grey, red and aqua to create a Christmas item using a technique demonstrated at our monthly meetings throughout 2015.

I chose foundation paper piecing to create a Christmas table runner.

My first (and third) block was a paper pieced star block – actually a “flower” – a free pattern from shop martingale.


I used some lovely Christmassy grey background fabric combined with Amy Butler Lark, Cotton and Steel basics and Studio RK Fusion Garden Geo Splatter.

My second block was a complicated snowflake block – a free pattern available on Craftsy.

I was a bit worried as I was piecing this block that it wasn’t going to work out. There were many pieces involved!

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But, thankfully it did!

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The three blocks were put together,

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and backed with some novelty owl Christmas fabric.

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I kept the quilting simple by outlining the main shapes in each block.




So there it is – my completed November goal and a new project ready for my table this Christmas!


Now to think up a new goal for this next busy month of December…

Deb 😉


ALYoF November Goal

This year is fast coming to an end and I’m starting to run low on energy and motivation.

So my November goal will be a project that HAS to be finished!

For my Modern Quilt Guild’s Christmas Challenge this year, we have to create a Christmas item using the three non-traditional colours of red, grey and aqua. It has to be made using a technique demonstrated at our monthly meetings during the year.

I have chosen paper piecing – my fave!


This is my first block for what will eventually become a table runner 😉

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Another Mini Finish

This little mini has been hanging around for quite a while now but I was determined to make it Finish #4 for Quarter 3 of the 2015 Finish-Along!


I found this pattern by Elizabeth Dackson (Don’t Call Me Betsy) in Issue 21 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

The cross blocks are paper pieced and each paper pieced quadrant a tiny 2 inches square! Definitely the smallest paper piecing I’ve ever done 😉


For my version I changed the position of the cross and plus blocks and used a selection of Cloud9 Sarah Watson Biology fabrics (along with a spot of Dottie fabric).


I straight line quilted each quadrant and used another Cloud9 fabric for the backing – this time Pretty Posies Wildwood by Elizabeth Olwen.


For the binding, I used Biology Plumes – need to get me some more of this beautiful fabric!


This little mini finished at 15½ inches square.

There is only 5 days to go before the 2015 Finish-Along Q3 finishes party closes. We are heading off camping this weekend so I seriously doubt whether I can squeeze another finish in…

But I’m pretty happy with 4 out of a possible 7 finishes.

Bring on Quarter 4! Deb 🙂

Paper Piecing Progress

This week I have been doing quite a bit of paper piecing, a technique I really enjoy.

I recently bought the book Vintage Quilt Revival. Many of you will be familiar with or even own this book as it was first published in 2013 (I have a LOT of catching up to do!)


I have decided to try most, if not all, of the blocks in this book and eventually combine them all in a quilt.

My first completed block is the Classic Geometric Star.


I have also made a start on my Elizabeth Dackson mini medallion quilt – one of my Q3 goals for the 2015 Finish Along.  This pattern was featured in Issue 21 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

The medallion centre is complete so now I’m working on my cross and plus blocks. I’m using some beautiful Sarah Watson Biology fabric.


The cross blocks are paper pieced and each quadrant is a tiny 1 1/2 inch square!


I’ve also been busy trying to finish quilting my Swoon Quilt as my July Finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes.


With only three days to go, unfortunately I don’t think this goal will be achieved.

But overall I am feeling quite happy and inspired again with a few new projects on the horizon. So this has prompted me to ask the question:

Are you happiest working on one project from start to finish or are you like me and need a variety of different projects to choose from, depending on your mood?

Deb 🙂

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